Cold and flu season is officially here. Want to know how I know this? I’m sitting here trying to focus through a stuffy head, sore throat, and overall feeling of blah. The problem? I still have a lot of work to do and can’t go back to bed yet! So what am I doing to feel better when hibernating in bed isn’t an option? I partnered with ScriptSave® WellRx to share a few of my top ways to power through a nasty rhinovirus.
As a work-at-home-mom and only source of support for my family, I haven’t had the luxury of taking a full sick day in years. Sure, I knock off a bit early when I’m feeling miserable, but even on those days I have to put in at least a couple of hours to fulfill my obligations to my clients. Getting through even just a few hours when you feel like someone rolled over your head with a steamroller is a major challenge. What do I do to make it through? Read on to find out!
5 things that help me power through a nasty cold
*First things first: none of this is meant to be taken as medical advice. The internet is not a substitute for your doctor. I know you know this but I still need to say it.
Bring on the spice!
One of the more annoying aspects of being sick is the inability to taste anything. That adage about feeding a cold isn’t so fun when everything tastes like I imagine cardboard would taste. I think that’s how I first realized that spicy foods made me feel better. Have you ever eaten hot wings and felt your sinuses clear right up? Imagine that feeling when you need it most. Unfortunately, hot wings are off my cold and flu menu because I get severe nausea whenever I get any type of headache. Instead, I add spices to the foods that I can keep down. Chicken noodle soup, for example, packs a more powerful punch when you add garlic! Scrambled eggs with a bit of sriracha pepper is also a great choice.
Think outside the soup can!
Chicken noodle soup rocks when it comes to making you feel better, but let’s be honest, you can only eat so much of it before you feel like you’re floating in broth. While vitamins and minerals won’t cure the common cold, certain foods can definitely ease your symptoms. The minute I feel sick, I stock up on orange juice. I think it’s a comfort thing, since I know that vitamin C doesn’t really get rid of a cold. I also eat a lot of yogurt because the probiotics help with the digestive issues that always come on when I take certain medications. As hard as it is for me, I cut down to one cup of coffee and switch to tea until I feel better. Other great “feel better” snacks include peanut butter toast, oatmeal with bananas, and fruit smoothies.
When we’re sick, our natural inclination is to turn up the heat and wrap ourselves up in blankets. If that makes you feel better go for it. For me, though, being hot makes me nauseous (you’ll quickly find that there are very few things that DON’T make me nauseous, although I have yet to find out exactly why that is). I’m sitting here writing this with a massive ice pack behind my back. In between thoughts, I press it to my head, my throat, and the back of my neck. The cold not only helps my head feel better, but also helps clear brain fog so I can power through my day faster.
If you have a dry cough, cold air can actually help stimulate mucus production. Mucus, while absolutely gross, serves an important purpose. It’s your body’s way of catching pathogens before they enter your body. While I wouldn’t recommend taking a stroll in sub-zero temps, a few minutes outdoors in the crisp, fall air can really go a long way towards helping you feel more functional.
Take a mental vacation
The moment I’m done with my obligations, I give myself permission to veg out the rest of the day. I put on my comfiest jammies, hit the couch and binge on mindless entertainment. This is harder for me than you might think. Since I work from home, I’m always at work, which means I feel like I have no excuse to extend my day a bit and get more done. Even when I’m “relaxing,” my mind is constantly going. I’m thinking about what to write tomorrow, what I want to change about my site design, whether the font I’m currently using is the right one, how many pictures I need to take tomorrow, and so on. I force myself to turn it off when I’m feeling miserable because, as I’m sure you know, stress can actually make you feel sicker.
Talk to your doctor about the right meds for your symptoms
I’m not going to tell you which medicines you should be using because that’s your doctor’s job. I can tell you, though, that my doctor recommended some unexpected medications to treat the worst of my symptoms. For example, he recommended a prescription allergy medicine and nasal spray to treat my stuffy head and clogged ears rather than OTC cold medicine. I regularly take a migraine medication that already has acetaminophen in it, so I have to be careful with OTC medications.
Interestingly, prescription medications sometimes end up costing me less than many of the OTC versions of the same medications. In some cases, my insurance covers them completely. A few of them, though, aren’t covered. My insurance doesn’t cover cough medicine for anyone over age 18 for reasons only they know. That’s where ScriptSave® WellRx comes in super handy. First, I ask my doctor to give me a paper script instead of calling it into my regular pharmacy. Then, I use the free app or hop on their website to search for the best price on the medication in Stroudsburg, PA. I find the one that costs the least, then take my prescription and my ScriptSave WellRx discount card to get it filled.
What you need to know about ScriptSave WellRx
I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical at first because I’ve tried other prescription discount cards that actually increased my overall cost. I was anxious to try it out though because my insurance just dropped one of my medications that I pretty much need to function: the one that keeps me from losing my breakfast most days. Like I said above, I have a sensitive stomach and spend half of my life feeling queasy. I was surprised to find that the medication is less than $15 out of pocket at several pharmacies in my area, including Rite-Aid and the Weis grocery store pharmacy. That was a shock because I expected the grocery store pharmacy to be the most expensive.
ScriptSave WellRx is one of those rare “all benefits, no drawbacks” things. It’s completely free to use. You don’t need to put in a credit card and there’s no membership fee. The very worst that can happen is that you don’t find a discounted price in your area. You’ll never pay more with the card than without. If there is no discount or the price is higher for some strange reason, just don’t use the card when you fill the prescription. See, literally NO drawbacks.
The benefits, on the other hand, are plentiful! Instead of sitting on the phone calling all of the pharmacies in your area for the best price, search all of them with one click. Many of the pharmacies in our area won’t even tell us if they have certain medications, let alone the price for them. Plus, prescription prices can change almost daily. I’ve paid for prescriptions before that were $24 one month and $50 the next at the same pharmacy. So even if you DO call around today, there’s a chance that price will be different tomorrow. You’d also be surprised at just how much the cost varies from pharmacy to pharmacy. In my example above for my anti-nausea medicine, the pharmacy that I used to fill it at when insurance covered turned out to be the most expensive without insurance.
Even if your medication is covered by insurance, you could still end up paying more through your copay than you would if you just bought it without insurance. It’s always a good idea to know the cash price and compare that to your out-of-pocket-cost. Don’t think that your pharmacy will just tell you if the cash price is lower. They have deals with insurance companies that keep them from volunteering that information. You have to ask them yourself.
Bottom line, with ScriptSave WellRx, the worst that can happen is you don’t save extra money. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. In fact, some people save up to 80% on their medications! On average, though, members save about 45%. Even if you only save 5%, it’s extra money in your pocket that you wouldn’t have had, right?
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ScriptSave® WellRx.